Donald Francis Prince ’31 died October 3, 2009, in Framingham, Mass.
He was born in Auburn, Maine, on May 7, 1910, and grew up in Portland, graduating from Deering High School. He was a leading debater and track competitor at both Deering and Bowdoin, where he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1933 and began a 42-year career at Dennison Manufacturing Company, where he managed various operating and product divisions. He served as general manager of Dennison’s Therimage Division. An avid genealogist, he was considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on the lineage of the Prince and Goddard families. He traced his own descendants back to William Brewster, the religious elder of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. He and his family were among the first participants in the Framingham Heart Study, and his children are still involved with that program. The family was filmed at home in a 1998 PBS documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the study and was featured in an article in The New York Times. He was a long-time Director of South Middlesex Cooperative Bank, a founding Director of the Loring Arena and Bay Path Figure Skating Club, and a member of the New England Genealogical Society. Until very near his death, he was an active, self- sufficient 99-year-old with a wry sense of humor, who lived independently in his home of 70 years with daily visits from his family. He is survived by daughters Barbara Prince Upton, Diane E. (Prince) Callahan, Cheryl A. Prince ’78 and Nancy L. Prince ’74; sons Donald F. Prince Jr. ’61, Allen H. Prince ’62 and Jeffrey B. Prince; 12 grandchildren, including Michelle M. Prince ’89, and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Katherine Hallowell, in 1948, and his second wife, Elaine Bush.